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HM Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
Dear Sir or Madam,
I have followed events in the Middle East for some time with great interest. As a pluralist, liberal democracy Israel deserves Britain’s support. That said it is right that we should maintain pressure on the Israeli government to work towards a permanent situation that is amenable to all people in the region and I congratulate the Government on its efforts to bring this about, which I appreciate is a fine balancing act.
It seems that now, more than ever before, there is a unique and historical opportunity for a lasting and just peace to be forged between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. On the one hand there is a Palestinian Authority that is hugely dependent on Western assistance and that remains unwilling to resume negotiations. On the other there is an Israeli government that is repeatedly calling for peaceful negotiations “without preconditions”. This, combined with record support amongst the Israeli populace for a resumption of peace talks, represents a window of opportunity that we have seldom seen before.
Given these facts it seems extremely clear to me which party the West should be applying pressure to in this unique situation. Were the UK and US governments to appeal to Mr Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to take their place in history, to lead their people to independence, self-determination and dignity, great things could be accomplished. Within our lifetimes we could see the creation of an independent Palestinian State that enjoys peaceful relations with Israel and the backing and goodwill of the vast majority of people on this planet. Such a message would undoubtedly strengthen moderate forces within the Palestinian Authority, and indeed within the Hamas as well.
This opportunity will not last forever. I doubt very much that the passage of time will make such negotiations any easier, and the current respite from violence will not be a permanent state of affairs.
And yet, I read this morning that the Foreign Office is once again criticising the Israeli authorities for allowing the building of apartment blocks in Jerusalem, while apparently doing little (at least publicly) to pressure the Palestinian Authority to resume talks. To me this seems utterly counterproductive – it reinforces Mr Abbas’s claim that Jewish building is the principle obstacle to peace, when to any objective observer it would be much fairer to say that Mr Abbas’s refusal to enter peace talks is the principle obstacle to peace talks.
I applaud your continued efforts in this difficult and emotive area of foreign policy, and I understand fully that there are many aspects which need to be considered, not least of which is the negative effect that violence in the Middle East has on our own country and community relations here.
I implore you to concentrate on publicly and vociferously appealing to Mr Abbas and the Palestinian Authority to enter peaceful negotiations with the Israelis.
“I think that Israel needs an adult who will save it from its own addiction to the occupation. … I think that this balance of power, this really twisted relationship between the United States and Israel, which is unprecedented—there’s no country in the world that reacts like Israel vis-à-vis the United States vis-à-vis independence from the United States—I think that this is not a healthy pattern. Israel is addicted to the occupation because it benefits a lot from the occupation economically and politically, and above all because it doesn’t pay any price for the occupation.” Ha’aretz journalist Gideon Levy in a Real News interview characterizes Israel as a drug addict who needs outside help in the form of pressure.
One can either help them get more drugs, as the US at the behest of the Jewish likudist lobby has done in this analogy, and this may be propagated as care, he says, but it is not real friendship. Levy hopes that the Obama Administration will offer some tough love, because “someone has to push Israel, and the only actor who can push Israel is the United States. This can only happen with American pressure” .
With a solid ZOG and the zionist entity encroaching with 900 new illegal housing units in a South Jerusalem outpost beyond the green line, it ain’t going to happen anytime soon. (Transcript over the fold, h/t ICH).
“I know there is a change in the Jewish community in the United States, but it’s too little and too late. Still the conservative establishment, the conservative Jewish establishment, is so powerful, and I don’t see signs that it’s losing its power. J Street is a wonderful initiative, very promising, but still the power of AIPAC, of Anti-Defamation League, and other organizations is still very, very strong. And I don’t think it’s a question of months or years that this will change dramatically. Israel is so much not willing to make peace, someone has to push Israel, and the only actor who can push Israel is The United States.”
Originally posted by SyphonX
reply to post by SevenThunders
Children of God do not use white phosphorous on children and babies. Poor, poor Israel...
Originally posted by jsmappy
Good for Israel. Screw the USA. Like we would let some other country tell us what to do?
Israel needs to keep building and probably nuke Iran while they are at it and get it over with. If the Palestinians want the west bank then let them come get it. Bunch of cry babies.
Originally posted by kingmonkey
This is the most ill-informed lot of nonsense I have ever read on here! Israel offered land and jobs to the Palestinians who repaid them with missiles into schools? Are you in touch with reality at all?
Your glorification in the slaughter of 30,000 Palestinians says everthing!